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Chappelli Huge Clearance Sale on Now

Chappelli Cycles is having a clearance bike sale to make way for its new stock including vintage three speeds, NuVinci’s and new models of women’s vintage bicycles and mens retro bikes. Save up to $200 off our current range of modern fixies and single speeds and 3 speed internal hub bicycles. Our range of vintage single speeds and ladies vintage bicycles remain full price but come with a free helmet and lock with every purchase worth $130. The sale ends June 30th, 2015.

The Chappelli modern fixies come with a flip/flop hub, straight forks, deep dish rims and are available in four sizes and 5 different colours. They usually retail for $449 but are on sale until June 30 for only $299 – save $150.

The Chappelli 3 speed fixies or urban bicycles come with the ultra-reliable and versatile Sturmey Archer three speed hub to give a good range of gears for commuting as well as the clean look of a fixie bicycle. Usually $599 they are on sale at $399!

Our Flat Bar Road Bicycles have 16 Speed Shimano Claris group-set and are designed to appeal to the commuter looking for a great looking, no fuss bike that will last ages. They are usually $699 but are on sale for $499.

Bicycles are available online from our website or in store in our Botany (NSW) and Cremorne (Vic) locations. Pop in for a demo-ride and get one today.


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Chappelli Cycles at Menske Project June 12th-14th in Collingwood

Chappelli Cycles is very excited to be participating in the Menske Project this weekend in Melbourne. The event is a celebration of all things men and has been curated from leading Melbourne designers, artists, musicians and of course bicycle designers! The event is running from Friday lunchtime to Sunday evening and will have music, coffee and whisky as well as a bunch of other things. Pop and down to see our newest range of vintage style single speed bicycles and see the other exhibitors.

Its at 84 Rupert Street, Collingwood from 11-7pm Friday to Sunday. See flyer below (image is Berlin’ by @brookeholm)


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Australian Bicycle Design Classic : Abeni Road Bicycle (~1978)

Australian Classic:  Abeni Road Bicycle (~1978)

Abeni History:  

Ezio Abeni emigrated from Italy to Australia in the 1970s, and started the Europa bicycle shop in Kensington, Sydney in 1973. Ezio was a master bicycle builder in Italy and started selling hand-built road and track bicycles under the Abeni and Europa brands. Today his son John runs the business building custom made bicycles hand built to specifications and his bicycles are sought after by collectors of Australian classic and vintage style bicycles.

Abeni and his bicycle


This Bicycle:

This bicycle was hand-built in 1978 using Reynolds 531 tubing. It has a full Campagnolo group set – down-tube shifters, brakes, front and rear derailleurs, crankset, bottom bracket and headset from the period.

The word from Ezio on this bicycle:

“I chose the colour of that bike.  That pink was a classic 70’s colour. The blue grips and saddle really set it off. You’d never get away with that colour scheme these days!”

 Technology & Design Features

 Frame & Fork: Reynolds 531 steel tubing
Saddle: San Marco Concor
Groupset: Full Campagnolo “Gran Sport” Group Set
Rims: Ambrosio 19

Source:  Ezio & John Abeni

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Riddle of the helmetless rider is now solved

Chappelli-watchers may recall that in 2012 during a police crackdown on helmetless riders in Sydney, Fairfax news photographed a seemingly hapless rider on a sparkling new Chappelli in the process of receiving a fine.

A bit harsh, we thought, and offered to pay his fine if anyone could identify the dapper chap in question.

Well, it’s taken two years, but we finally had a conclusion to the story this week.

Adam, a web developer from Pyrmont, wrote in to fess up. Turns out it wasn’t Adam who was the hapless one after all, but the photographer, who couldn’t find anyone willing to pose for his photo.

Enter Adam, who did a brilliant turn acting the part of a man on the receiving end of a $67 fine.

Two years later, one of his friends wrote to tell him we were looking for him, and the mystery was history.

Oh one more thing – two weeks after posing for the photo Adam actually did receive a fine. He graciously offered us to pay it for him.

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Event: Cycle-O-Rama in Sydney 10th – 19th October

Chappelli Cycles is very proud to be supporting Cycle-O-Rama, Sydney’s newest celebration of all thing cycle related. They’ve got a fantastic program this year so get down and be involved. Cycleorama1-640x455

Cycle-O-Rama, Sydney’s newest celebration of everything bike in its second year, and has an even bigger and better program. Cycle-o-rama is running concurrently with the Sydney Rides Festival which is on from the 11th to 25th of October.

Located at Sydney’s new Protohub space, Cycle-O-Rama starts tonight with a big Launch Party  and has nine days of  bicycle focused activities including our friends at Knog doing a Night Ride, a day ride and bike market as well as an exhibition of bicycle related art and  bicycle design and a bicycle tour of Sydney’s best bike hot spots, so bring along your fixie, vintage bicycle or favourite retro looking bicycle and be part of the action.

Chappelli Cycles is going to have some of its new bicycles on display at ProtoHub including our design award winning NuVinci Platinum and a new collaboration with Helios light bars. For all the information on the event and more details check out the Cycle-O-Rama website or facebook page.

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New Brisbane store now open

Attention Brisbane, Chappelli Cycles has now opened a store in Teneriffe, offering great bikes, and a coffee to match! Co-founder Tom Davies explains why you should stop by to see.

Why is Brisbane well suited for Chappelli’s offer?
Chappelli is very excited to be opening up in Brisbane after the success of our shops in Melbourne and Sydney. Brisbane has a lot of cyclists and a good climate for cycling so we always wanted to open a shop here. And especially as there isn’t really anyone else offering our kind of bicycles here.

Aside from that we have had a lot of customers from Brisbane and haven’t been able to service them properly until now. Now they will be able to get the same levels of service and bicycle maintenance that our customers in other cities have been getting.

 In your first month since opening, what are your first impressions?
 Brisbane is a great bicycling city, the climate is great for riding and there is lots of bicycle infrastructure. It has fantastic bike paths around the inner city including the new RiverWalk and a lot of paths through Southbank and along the river to explore.

Brisbane is deceptively hilly and, as we’ve discovered, getting around on a single-speed bicycle will keep you very fit! There are a lot of people riding fixies, but most of our customers have been interested in our three-speed and NuVinci bicycles as they’d prefer to have some gears to manage Brisbane’s hills.

What can visitors find at the shop?
Brisbane represents something a little different for us as we are opening up in a coffee roaster and cafe called Blue Sky Cafe. Plans are coming together slowly but we want to create a relaxed retail environment that is really friendly for cyclists to come in and have a coffee and see and test-ride our bicycles.

We are currently assembling a selection of great bicycle designs from the last 100 years that we will be putting on display in the shop to showcase the best bicycles from around the world.


Does the shop have the same Chappelli look-and-feel as the Sydney and Melbourne spaces?
We are still finishing the fit out. As usual we’ve tried to keep it to a minimum and let the bicycles speak for themselves. The space itself is a fantastic industrial building from the 30s.

Originally it was a marble factory and for the past 5 years has been a coffee roaster and cafe. It has lovely high ceilings and a hardwood floor. We are currently renovating it to update it and will be doing an official re-launch in November.

Who is on the Brisbane team?
Currently it’s a small team. I’m up here at the moment to keep an eye on operations and we have employed Mark Stokes as manager and chief bicycle mechanic. As things progress we will be taking on another mechanic.

What are you looking forward to about the Brisbane project?
For Chappelli, the Brisbane shop is an experiment in retailing. We want to see if we can create an alternative kind of bicycle shop that isn’t crammed full of bicycles.
Instead we wanted to foster a welcoming ambience where people who love bicycles can come by and see the bicycles on display as part of the gallery and if they are interested, view our range of bicycles. They can also grab their favourite coffee, roasted on site by one of Australia’s best barristas.

Are there any special deals available to people who visit?
Anyone who comes into the Brisbane store and buys a bicycle in October will get a free Knog Kabana lock valued at $45.

Chappelli Brisbane (servicing New Farm, Teneriffe, Newstead, Fortitude Valley and the greater metro area)
2 Kyabra Street,
Teneriffe, 4005 (Blue Sky Coffee Building, 32 Commercial Road)
Phone: 04 5220 BIKE (2453)


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Chappelli’s new NuVinci: infinitely geared, definitely desirable

We’ve released a new range of our design award-winning NuVinci® bicycles, Australia’s first to feature an innovative ‘infinitely geared’ hub for the smoothest possible ride.

The NuVinci series has received industry acclaim for its continuous gearbox created by Fallbrook Technologies, which allows riders to change gears with the fluidity of turning a radio dial, eliminating jarring gear jumps or body jolts.

The NuVinci Nero, looking totes mean!
The NuVinci Nero, looking totes mean!

> Read the Bike Exchange review of the NuVinci Pistola

In 2012, our NuVinci Platinum won the Sports and Leisure category of the Australian International Design Awards.

The new NuVinci range has been optimised for a wider market, allowing more riders to enjoy a smoother ride at the most affordable price.

The bikes are available in light metallic blue (Celeste), gunmetal grey with chrome rear (Pistola), and a metallic gloss black (Nero), and in the two most popular sizes 54 and 58.

In addition to the unique gearing system, the NuVinci has a hand-crafted and hand-painted lugged CRMO frame, leather grips and seat, and an integrated lighting system that allows 360° degree visibility for the rider.

NuVinci gear "radio dial"
The continuous gear can be turned like a radio dial.

Chappelli’s co-founder Pablo Chappelli said the company looked at ways to bring the NuVinci series to a wider market following extremely positive response from consumers about the NuVinci Platinum.

“We’ve been working hard to bring the NuVinci® technology to a price point where more people can afford it,” Pablo says.

“Now more people can get their hands on the latest in bike technology while still benefiting from the aesthetic design and quality for which our bikes are renowned.”

Get your hands on a NuVinci today, and pay nothing for 6 months interest-free thanks to ZipMoney.















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Buy a Chappelli – pay zip for 6 months, interest free

In an age when even tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos can capture the world’s attention, we’re about to write about something of absolute zero interest to you.

That’s 6 months of zero interest to be precise. To wit, our friends at zipMoney are now offering Chappelli Cycles customers a 6 months interest-free payment option.

zipMoney offers real time credit in the cloud without the need for a boring, plastic credit card. It’s online and it’s real time: simply select ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ when you checkout and follow the prompts.

Here are 4 reasons to like zipMoney:

  • Apply in seconds, begin shopping instantly
  • Better terms than your credit card (3mths interest free on every purchase)
  • No plastic, no thumbing credit card numbers
  • Super safe with buyer protection, always

Learn more about our exciting partnership with zipMoney.

So take advantage of our new payment option: like a hamster-sized burrito, zipMoney and Chappelli makes for a tidy little package.

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Video: capturing great bicycle moments

If you do an awesome mono on your fixie and no-one sees it, did it really happen? (Or, like Tom, if you film it but upside-down sideways, can you please make it happen again?)

Thanks to revolutions in portable video cameras such as GoPros, not to mention YouTube and Vimeo, it’s now easier than ever to share your latest bike trick, ride, or fail with the rest of us.

Thus the reason that when Scottish trials bike pro rider Danny MacAskill strapped a camera to his head last week to hit (not literally figuratively) the streets of Glasgow, 23,000 were able to tune in to his Facebook page to re-watch it in awe.

Danny MacAskill
Danny MacAskill

Or how about this recent example of a death-defying ride down a narrow canal somewhere in the US – presumably (I mean, Sydney is hilly to ride and all, but…), which includes not one but TWO massive backflips over canyons. The result is a video to absolutely watch on a full screen – though probably not on a full stomach. 

And from extreme sports to extreme nakedness, people aren’t only just capturing their moments of bicycle-borne exhilaration, but ehhhr, titillation, too… or how else to describe this 8-minute video of cyclists riding nude through London (complete with inappropriate late night lounge soundtrack).

Inevitably, for every Danny MacAskill with a video out there, there’s a million of us who aren’t. And, as this hapless BMXer shows, that’s nothing to get hung up about.

Have you done something cool/fool on your bike you’d like to share? Be a sport and tell us where.

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We are going to be open this Easter so if you’re looking for something to do this long weekend, come down to our warehouse in Richmond or Botany to say hi and grab a new bike.

Sydney – Closed Friday, Open Saturday 19th 10 -5pm

Melbourne – Closed Friday, Open Saturday 19th  & Sunday 20th 10-5pm